Outlander writers have announced the release date for their sixth season.

The hit show will return to Starz for its most recent season next year, and fans have been waiting eagerly for more details.

The wait is finally over, and the series author, Diana Gabaldon, has confirmed it will return to screens on March 6, 2022.

It has been almost two years since the last season ended, and now Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe will reprise their roles as Jamie and Claire Fraser.

Author Diana announced the highly-anticipated release date during a virtual event with Heughan, ahead of the release of her ninth book in the series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.

The crew also announced the date on their social media channels, changing their usernames to reflect the new date.

And fans have been left delighted by the news.

One Twitter fan said: "We’ve been looking forward for this announcement for so long!! Such good news!!!! So glad!!"

Another wrote: "Fantastic news. A date to head towards as fast as possible."

And another is literally counting down the minutes: "103 days, 22 hours, 3 minutes..."